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bombing is involving from a new round of surgery today. the 11-year-old aaron hern was there to cheer on his mother running in the marathon. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is in martin news. >> the community is rallying behind his family. >> it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for the 11-year-old aaron hern who is recovering at this hour in boston. this restaurant, one of three restaurants holding fundraisers for his family, i spoke with a family friend in boston who use aaron hern is making a strong recovery. >> aaron hern is making a good recovery after a traumatic 24 hours. family friend spoke to us by phone from boston. >> when he wakes up, he wants to know how the family s. >> the doctors at boston children's hospital will remove a breathing tube that prevented him from speaking. he is using an eye pad to communicate. >> he is a healthy strong boy. he is a swimmer, he is in great condition, a baseball player. so all of that is going beautifully and we are impressed with how felty he s. >> he was waiting for his mom to cross the finish line when shall k
in the boston bombing is involving from a new round of surgery today. the 11-year-old aaron hern was there to cheer on his mother running in the marathon. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is in martin news. >> the community is rallying behind his family. >> it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for the 11-year-old aaron hern who is recovering at this hour in boston. this restaurant, one of three restaurants holding fundraisers for his family, i spoke with a family friend in boston who use aaron hern is making a strong recovery. >> aaron hern is making a good recovery after a traumatic 24 hours. family friend spoke to us by phone from boston. >> when he wakes up, he wants to know how the family s. >> the doctors at boston children's hospital will remove a breathing tube that prevented him from speaking. he is using an eye pad to communicate. >> he is a healthy strong boy. he is a swimmer, he is in great condition, a baseball player. so all of that is going beautifully and we are impressed with how felty he s. >> he was waiting for his mom to cross the finis
is showing support for young boston bombing victim aaron hern-- who was badly wounded by shrapnel. aaron's dad, alan hern, is the football coach at alhambra high school in martinez. today, all workers of the deli sported alhambra high school football jerseys to show support of 11- year old- aaron hern- and his family. kinders is donating 15 percent of its sales to the hern family. aaron hern underwent several surgeries at boston's children hospital earlier this week. he is expected to make a full recovery. we'll continue to bring you the latest updates on the suspect and the victims of the boston marathon. here on kron 4. and on our website. at kron4 dot com. tonight, authorities are estimating that between 10 and 15 thousand people participated in yesterday's unofficial 4-20 event in golden gate park. april 20th has turned into an unofficial counterculture holiday.that's been growing in size over the years. but as kron four's philippe djegal shows us from cellphone video. that mellow celebration also turned violent. >> what started this brawl? >> we don't know. >> but what we do know. >
is 11-year-old aaron hern of ma -- of martinez. the community came together in force to support him and his family. abc news reporter john alston is live at a restaurant where thousands of dollars were raised. john? >> carolyn, the hern family was supposed to return to martinez today after their trip to boston. because of what happened people i'm went to the cafe to make what happened a little easier. they ate pasta and salad at $5 a plate, but donated much more. it was put together by rocks on main whose grandchildren go to school with the injured child. >> it was senseless to go on facebook every day about the clam chowder when this hit so close to home. >> reporter: aaron hern was waiting for his mother to cross the finish line when shrapnal tore into his thigh. friends and strangers of martinez wanted to help with expenses so they could stay with aaron. they raised $4500. >> they are in awe of how much the community has shown them the love and total come passion and support. >> our neighbors, our great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place and everybody has been o
in the hospital. the mother of the 11-year-old aaron hern says he has opened his eyes and communicating with head nods. he was in boston to watch his mom cross the finish line when the bomb exploded. his leg was hit by shrapnel and support for aaron hern is growing with mountain mike's pizza in martinez will donate 30 percent of the sales through sunday to help the family. if you would like to show your support for aaron hern you can by sharing this "get well soon badge" on facebook getting the back by going to facebook.com/abc 7 news and stay with abc7 news for the latest developments on the bombings. our news reporter and anchor will join us live from boston with a slide show with the most touching images and moments of courage on the web site abc7news.com. >> happening now san francisco authorities are on the look out for one escapee from a juvenile facility. officials say there was a break out at 10:00 at the youth guidance center. officers searched throughout the night. they have not released any information on the escape or the inmate now loose. >> all lanes are clear now on highway 101 thr
in the boston bombings, the 11-year-old aaron hern has had a number of surgeries because of shrapnel. the a's are in boston for a series with the red sox. kira klapper has more. >> the visit comes after first lady michelle obama visited aaron hern on thursday and this morning, the players met with the 11-year-old and his family at boston's children hospital. the martinez boy was injured by shrapnel as his mother crossed the boston marathon finish line a week ago today. a family says aaron hern is respond well to treatment but the family does not know when he will come home. also, doctors at boston medical center gave a brief saying that everyone injured in the blast who made it out alive seems likely to survive but that rehabilitation from here on out will be a marathon. >> it will take months for people to recover. for those who are in rehabilitation the importance is to integrate mental health services, behavioral health services, into the process. in the interest of promoting optimal healing. >> here is the latest, 180 people were hurt and at least 14 of them lost all or part of a limb.
the love and support that martinez is showing for the 11-year-old aaron hern and the family. custody no different, mountain mike's pizza will raise money to help the family with their expenses. 11-year-old aaron hern was waiting to his mom at finish line at the boston marathon and one of the bombs went off. shrapnel from the blast tore into his thigh, he remains hospitalized at children's hospital. friends and complete strangers have been organizing fundraisers for the family. last night, rocks on main raised $4,000 offering a pasta dinner for the family at $5 a plate. the owners' grandchild go to school with aaron hern. >> i go on facebook and talk about my specials of the day and this hits so close to home. >> they are great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place in the past few days. everyone has been overwhelmingly gracious and kind to us all. >> the grandmother seas they will be in boston for at least another week as he remains hospitalized and recovers. they are grateful for the overwhelming support back home in martinez. mountain mike's pizza will donate 3 percen
, it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for an 11-year-old aaron herned government is no different starting this morning, mountain mike pizza will raise money to help the family with expenses. last night a fundraiser raised $4,000 offering a pasta dinner at $5 a plate. the owners' grasped -- grandchildren go do school with aaron hern. slap them from the blast tore into his thigh. he is in children's hospital in boston. friends and family and total strangers wanted to help and they did. >> i talk on facebook about the sandwich special and this hit so close to home. >> we appreciate our great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place here in the past few days and everyone has been overwhelmingly gracious and kind to us all. >> his grandmother says the family will be in boston at least for another week and will undergo surgery again today. he is responding to doctors and his family. mom and dad say they are completely overwhelmed by the support back home, 30 percent of all pizzas today will go to aaron hern's family. today through sunday, if you want to come
in hospitals. >> aaron hern of martinez is one of three children still in the hospital recovering from the bombings. ktvu's patti lee is live in boston where the first lady met with -- lady met with aaron hern and his family today. >> reporter: aaron hern was one of three children who met with michelle obama today. we got a picture. here it is. you can see aaron hern just had surgery yesterday. he is recovering well and his mother reports that he should be out of the icu as early as tomorrow. tonight you could see many people have come here. those of them not lucky enough to meet with the first family came here to pay tribute. >> boston marathon sign flies over the memorial where thousands of people are coming to pay their respects. >> there has to be something to remind us that we are americans. and all one people. the gathering place was the church of the holagaroses -- cathedral of the holy cross where president obama paid tribute to the victims. >> so beautiful that everyone has come together as a community, as a nation and the world. >> reporter: they waited for hours along with t
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meaning. kinders deli in martinez is showing support for young boston bombing victim aaron hern-- who was badly wounded by shrapnel. aaron's dad, alan hern, is the football coach at alhambra high school in martinez. today, all workers of the deli sported alhambra high school football jerseys to show support of 11- year old- aaron hern- and his family. kinders is donating 15 percent of its sales to the hern family. aaron hern underwent several surgeries at boston's children hospital earlier this week. he is expected to make a full recovery. officials and family members have identified four more first responders who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion in west texas. at least fourteen people were killed in that blast. west's mayor says that ten of the fourteen people who died were first responders. today officials let a group of reporters visit the area around the blast site. the fire marshal says that all of the fires have been put out and the remaining fertilizer tanks are no longer in danger. the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. some people started celeb
and how the city is pulling together. >> reporter: surgeons here worked on aaron hern were two hours to repair a severe gash on his thigh, and tonight his family is hopeful they'll be able to return to california soon. around 1:00 this afternoon, a young boy left flowers near the finish line of the boston marathon. around the same time today, 11- year-old aaron hern from martinez hit by shrapnel had his second surgery. his family tells us it was successful. kara is rooting for aaron's full recovery. >> i didn't know that boy or his family, but the fact that he's from where i live, it's unfortunate. >> reporter: the martinez native says the tragedy of the marathon is connecting strangers in an unexpected way. >> i was going to play some patriotic music. >> reporter: this afternoon, crowds gathered at the federal courthouse in boston, after news spread that a suspect would be taken there. >> they were saying they had the suspects in custody. they would bring them in. now they're saying they're not. >> reporter: we called the fbi and the boston police to confirm if a suspect had been ar
: aaron hern was waiting for his mother to cross the finish line when shrapnal tore into his thigh. friends and strangers of martinez wanted to help with expenses so they could stay with aaron. they raised $4500. >> they are in awe of how much the community has shown them the love and total come passion and support. >> our neighbors, our great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place and everybody has been overwhelming. >> they are trying to raise money where aaron is a 6th grader. >> it is a little unsettling because it is not every day you hear about somebody you kind of though or have seen around school and they are in the hospital and in surgery. >> aaron remains sedated in intensive care. he is scheduled to have surgery again tomorrow. his family will probably be in boston for at least another week. live in martinez, john alston, abc7 news. >> thank you. >>> ama dates is in boston tonight covering the bombing firsthand for us there. today she spoke with aaron's father about the attack and how his young son is doing. >> aaron hern is is an athletic and energetic 11-
. >> it is 4:32. 11-year-old aaron hern is still involving at boston children's hospital, the bay area boy injured by shrapnel. word spread fast that he was one of 170 injured. local merchants are helping the family with the medical bills. mountain mike's pizza is donating 30 percent of the their sales where he lives. >> we have fought done the math, we will add it up soon. >> a family friend with aaron hern in worst says he is responding well to treatment and is in physical therapy but it is not cheer when he will be ready to leave the hospital and come home. >> in the wake of the boston bombings san francisco police chief is proposing setting up cameras at one of the key arteries. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard has news on that. >> good morning. san francisco already has security cameras in high-crime areas but in the wake of the boston bombings police chief is floating the idea of setting up security cameras along market street to monitor big events and parades. san francisco's gay pride parade is about two months away. it is one of the biggest events hosted by the city. last octobe
bombings. reddick and moss and waller dropped in on 11-year-old aaron hern yesterday who lives in martinez is a big a's fan. the team is if boston playing the red sox. they plan to honor aaron hern and his family this summer at the coliseum. ♪ you've got the friend in me, in me ♪ ♪ you've got troubles and i got 'em too ♪ >> how heart warming is that? those are his classmates at martinez high school with a video get well card posted on youtube. the school allowed the kids time off to shoot it and put their get well wishes down on paper. >> the running community continues to send emotional support to the victims of the boston marathon. there was one unofficial run across the country last week with 100 putting on this show of solidarity including a few who ran in the boston marathon on monday but those who have not run in boston have something to contribute. >> i'm a runner and these kind of tragedies try to divide us and scare us and you cannot mess with boston. it is a tough city. you cannot mess with runners. >> many say this is not enough to stop them from taking part
to show their support for injured martinez boy aaron hern. we start our coverage with christina mutchler. >> reporter: according to a u-s official, russia intercepted communication "discussing jihad" between the mother of the accused boston marathon bombers and someone who may have been one of her sons back in 2011. the russians turned over the intercept to the f-b-i in just the past few days. however, the conversation is described as vague, and it is unknown why there was a delay in sharing the information. congressman peter king of new york says he believes this gap is one of the reasons why the f-b-i's interview with tamerlan tsarnaev in 2011 didn't raise red flags, even though russia had expressed concerns about his radical views. >> "if russians had given the fbi early on the information they had, it would have been a lot different investigation." >> reporter: as more details emerge on "who knew what" about the tsarnaev brothers, ranking democrat on the house homeland security committee urges patience. >> "at this point, trying to point fingers saying the dots weren't connected, is
-old aaron hern of ma -- of martinez. the community came together in force to support him and his family. abc news reporter john alston is live at a restaurant where thousands of dollars were raised. john? >> carolyn, the hern family was supposed to return to martinez today after their trip to boston. because of what happened people i'm went to the cafe to make what happened a little easier. they ate pasta and salad at $5 a plate, but donated much more. it was put together by rocks on main whose grandchildren go to school with the injured child. >> it was senseless to go on facebook every day about the clam chowder when this hit so close to home. >> reporter: aaron hern was waiting for his mother to cross the finish line when shrapnal tore into his thigh. friends and strangers of martinez wanted to help with expenses so they could stay with aaron. they raised $4500. >> they are in awe of how much the community has shown them the love and total come passion and support. >> our neighbors, our great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place and everybody has been overwhelming. >> they
diane, still empowering w >>> breaking news, aaron hern, his visit to the boston bombing site where he was wounded. >> looking into the complaints of minority owned contractors who claim they have been shut out. >> a neighborhood crash left a homeowner in critical condition. you're going to seeow street racing has become part of the culture. >> and a new crime fighting initiative. police depend on you as much as you depend on them. >> this is earn aaron hern, the 11-year-old wounded in the boston bombings and getting a look today at writ happened. good evening, everyone. >> we just received these pictures in the newsroom within the last half hour. 11-year-old aaron hern visiting the site of the blast where he was injured last week. >> he's out of the hospital and did go with the family to boyltson street today he took steps with the help of his parents. a friend of the family says he's doing well and back to being a normal 11-year-old boy, which is nice to hear, he will remain in boston for the time being, undergoing treatment after getting struck by shrapnel. >> breaking news now a wo
in the hospital in boston. >> reporter: aaron hern 12 years old still in intensive care at boston children's hospital. he is heavily sedated. he has a tube down his throat but he is doing okay. his mother posted an update on facebook last night saying that aaron has opened his eyes a couple of times and that he is communicating with nods that he is okay and comfortable but getting frustrated obviously with his lack of ability to communicate. so they are trying to keep him calm and rested. he is due for another surgery today. aaron went to boston with his family to cheer on his mom catherine as she ran the marathon. he has shrapnel wounds to the legs and one is severe requiring more surgery possibly eventually skin grafts. they should know more at the end of the day today. people here in the bay area are rallying around aaron and his family. this restaurant, rocks on main in martinez, hosted a special dinner last night with all proceeds going to the hern family and they say they will do this every tuesday until the family comes home. >> i'm here to sport family and the wonderful community w
in the boston bombings, aaron hern is steadily recovering. this according to administrators at his school, who have been receiving e-mail updates from the hern family. in the last few days, hern underwent surgeries at boston's children's hospital. first lady michelle obama even stopped by to visit aaron on thursday following the interfaith service in boston. and in a story you will only see here on kron four. besides sending hundreds of get well cards. aaron hern's classmates made a video to send him to show their support. friday, the entire student body at martinez junior high school , gathered on the school's quad to record the following. listen in. (cheers & applause) (get well, cha chanting'aaron'...) aaron's classmates say they were excited by the news that his condition has improved and that he's now able to eat once again. kron four will continue to follow this developing story on air and online at kron four dot com. you can also tune in to our 24 7 channel for the latest updates. that's on comcast channel 193. let's take a quick look outside this morning. roof cam. and now lets check i
the service, the president and first lady those injured in the bombings. 11-year-old aaron hern of martinez was one of the victims who got a surprise visit from the first lady. aaron was injured while watching his mother finish the race. aaron's mother posted on facebook, that her son is almost completely free of most of the medical tubes, and his neck brace has been removed. while he is improving, it is still not known how long aaron will remain in the hospital. more chilling video coming out of the city of west, in texas, as rescue workers continue to search for survivors of the deadly fertilzer plant explosion. the town's mayor says, the death toll from last night's blast has risen to 35. with more than 160 people hurt. after the explosion, most of the town was evacuated, and as you can see. not much left of the area near the fertilizer plan. tonight. an apartment complex destroyed, houses left in ruins, and roofs ripped apart. the blast was so large, it registered as a 2- point 1- magnitude seismic event tonight rescue crews remain hopeful. calling their work a "search and rescue operat
bombings. the 11-year-old aaron hern of martinez was injured by shrapnel in the bombings as his mother crossed the finish line. today, a's bating coach and first baseman moss and right fielder all hope to meet with aaron hern at boston's children hospital. they are in boston for a three-game series with the red sox and half a dozen local th medical bills and expenses including mountain mike's pizza. >> i am thinking we should be able to give $2,000. we have not done all the math but we will add it up so. >> a fams h responto is in physical therapy with no word on when he will leave the hospital and come home to martinez. >> stay with abc7 news for the latest details on the boston bombings system. "good morning america" will have much more coming up at 7:00 from boston in 23 minutes. >> the new 49ers stadium comes with $1 billion price tag, something like that, and ahead we will break down the pricey features at the stadium under construction. paper but no more plastic with a new community implementing a bag ban. >> walnut creek camera on 680 the traffic is moving very well and it is [
of it and have the latest in the strides in aaron hern's >> good morning, everyone. welcome back. we are starting this half-hour with a quick look at our weather with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> good morning, to you. our marine layer is pretty dense. it's close to the ground. it is pretty much in oakland and san francisco. san jose a little bit of patchy fog. but it has cleared the east bay. we are looking at temperatures today as a result to come up with little bit. we are talking around the bay in the mid-60s to the upper 70s. so pretty nice day. numbers will be above normal at our coasts. we will see some sunshine. it should take until about 10:00, 11:00 this morning. then we are look at low to mid-60s. a couple areas may see the upper 60s. and inland starting out in the upper 60s but ending up in the mid-to upper 80s around concord and livermore. warmer than you were yesterday. 90s not too far off in the future. warmest days of the week will be wednesday and thursday. how warm and what happens in between and maybe into next weekend, i'll have those answers in a few minutes. carolyn. >> g
-year-old aaron hern was cheering on his mom at the end of the race when the bomb went off. his mother katherine hern is okay, but aaron took shrapnel in his thigh. >> he's all right. he's doing okay. please, everyone, have your prayers open, please. he needs all he can get. >> a family friend said aaron is in the hospital in boston surrounded by his parents and some friends. >> they were at the finish line to congratulate katherine, so they were just right there in the center of it. >> she knows the family through the kiwanis club. >> he's through surgery and has to remain in the hospital for a few days but he's going to be okay. >> she's been getting updates from his mom, including one tonight that said the boy suffered many lacerations, most of which were superficial, exempt for one. katherine hern said aaron will need another surgery on his thigh on wednesday. >> i feel like something's been ripped out of my heart. i wish i was there. i wish i could be there to comfort my family and to -- he's okay, that's all i have to think of. >>> and the marathon is also affecting other major s
of the youngest victims is an 11-year-old martinez boy. aaron hern underwent a second surgery today. >> his family tells abc 7 news doctors are optimistic about the wound and will hopefully remove a breathing tube said. his mother says he's starting to remember things when he wakes up. laura anthony joins us where there is huge community support for the family. laura? >> that is right. efforts continue to grow here in martinez. the restaurant behind me is one example of having a fund-raiser tonight throughout the week. people here are lining up to support the herns. a young aaron hern is recovering, the community is doing its part to help the family. mike started a fund raise today for the herns designed to help them with extra expenses and recovery. for next five days 30% of the proceeds from customers mentioning aaron will go to his family. >> we want to raise money for them. and we're a local business and want to help out local people in the community. >> so far, locals are rising to the occasion. >> why do you think it's important the community rally around this young man and family? >> try to
. aaron hern was as the finish line to cheer on his mother, who was running in this year's race. kron4 will tran is live in martinez this morning with the latest on aaron's condition and reaction from friends and family. >> his mother even though she finished the race she stated that on a face but that has been a difficult time and that she wants to get back to her son who is an intensive care. if she will like to send out her thoughts and prayers and that her son will undergo surgery on wednesday and he will be in boston for another seven to 10 days. the doctors will a battle with the situation but it looks like he will not be returning back to the bay area for a few more weeks. here is a statement from the principle of the school. >> the the principles stated that it is a very difficult time and that the family is safe and they will try to return as quickly as possible and to keep your pulse and prayers' with them. >> while the mother took to facebook she stated that her son was not going to lose his leg. which would just keep our fingers crossed. will their reactions from his friend
attack. >> aaron hern, 11-year-old from martinez standing by the finish line when the bombs went off. he was waiting for his mother to complete the race. the bombs went off and he took the worst of it. kristi smith has an update on his current condition including firsthand details coming from aaron's dad. >> reporter: students at martinez junior high are missing one of their own. frank's daughter shares a class with aaron hern. he tried to comfort her the best he could. >> this is life. things like this happen. there are good things and bad things in life. >> he suffered from shrapnel when the bomb exploded at the both marathon. he was there to cheer his mom on, katherine. his dad alan hern and on the "today" so. >> the bomb went off 15 feet from where i was. aaron and friends were much closer. >> reporter: that was when everything changed. fear, confusion, and then finding their son hurt. >> he was scared and obviously in pain. then some people came to help us pretty quickly. i'm not sure who they were. someone brought a tourniquet with a belt to help us. it wasn't bleeding heavily. it
: one of those injured in the blasts was 11 year old aaron hern from martinez. hern was in surgery again this afternoon. kron 4's j.r. stone is following the story. he has been in contact with his family. j.r.? >> reporter: the news from the hospital pam is good. the trauma surgeon successfully closed aaron's wounds a matter of hours ago. 11 year old aaron hern was hit with shrapnel when the bombs went off at the end of the boston marathon. he had been waiting with his father and sister for his mother to finish. his father described his injuries on his son's leg as looking like a war wound. well they likely look better than that tonight. the successful surgery means aaron will not need skin grafts. he also hasn't been able to talk because of the breathing tube that is being used. his mother told us earlier today that doctors were hoping to take that out. at this point though that hasn't happened. when aaron does occasionally wake up he uses a touchpad to write what he is thinking. he is starting to remember things as well. he told his mom he was worried about a boy who was next to him be
. >> looks very nice. >> still photos a few minutes ago, now video of 11-year-old aaron hern's visit to the site where he was wounded plus fbi revealing what the next target was going to be. >> tonight two things now being suggestsed to make it more secure. >> occasion that's brought america's living presidents all five of them together to honor george w. bush. >> we have new video this is 11-year-old aaron hern. he visited boylston street today. one police officer took a pin off his lappel and gave to it aaron. >> it's hard to do the things i used to. >> and less gratitude since the people of boston, boston pd. >> aaron is out of the hospital but will remain in boston for now, still undergoing treatment. aaron was hit by shrapnel and injured as he waited for his mom to cross the fin yish line. >> so nice to see him out. and startling new details on what the two suspects had in mind as a follow up. officials say tammerlan and jahar tsarnaev planned to set off bombs in times square. this plot hatched spontaneous lay cording to the police commissioner while driving around in an suv hij
of people come out to show their support for injured for martinez boy aaron hern. we start our coverage with christina mutchler. according to a u-s official, russia intercepted communication "discussing jihad" between the mother of the accused boston marathon bombers and someone who may have been one of her sons back in 2011. the russians turned over the intercept to the f-b-i in just the past few days. however, the conversation is described as vague, and it is unknown why there was a delay in sharing the information. congressman peter king of new york says he believes this gap is one of the reasons why the f-b-i's interview with tamerlan tsarnaev in 2011 didn't raise red flags, even though russia had expressed concerns about his radical views. >> "if russians had given the fbi early on the information they had, it would have been a lot different investigation." >> reporter: as more details emerge on "who knew what" about the tsarnaev brothers, ranking democrat on the house homeland security committee urges patience. >> "at this point, trying to point fingers saying the dots weren't con
marathon bombing. tonight they're counting up the donations from tonight's fundraiser for aaron hern. he was one of the people injured. >> reporter: there was patriotism. and a race that some people ran and others walked. an event to raise money for the family of 11-year-old aaron hern. his legs badly injured when one of two bombs went off near the finish line of the marathon. this event also a day to remember those injured and lost on that day. >> to see that there was more than even aaron that was injured. i mean so many people. and knowing that the next day that he was part of it. just it hit home. >> reporter: caring for aaron volunteer brandy copeland doesn't know aaron or his family. that's true of many of the hundreds of people here but not all. >> he's wonderful. he's our cousin. we're walking for him. >> reporter: kevin wince learned on the radio that his cousin was injured. the nation knows aaron from pictures taken with michelle obama by his bedside and as cameras followed him through the blast site. >> it's just great that we're coming together as one. >> i think it's just o
. but kpix 5's john ramos shows us aaron hern's friends back home in martinez are making sure he knows they're right there with him. >>> reporter: many of the kids at martinez junior high school hadn't yet been born when the last terror attack happened in this country. so when one of their classmates was injured in the boston bombings, it was a shock. >> that is terrible. the worst thing ever. >> i was scared. i was like i really hoped this didn't happen near us. >> reporter: but rather than give in to fear, the students decided to send 11-year-old aaron hern a message. >> you have a friend in me. ♪[ music ] schot a li hollywood as they fi youtube video for their classmate. the camera traveled from room to room with kids offering signs of encouragement. aaron's math teacher says the students took the project so seriously, that she was able to shoot it in mostly single takes. >> we actually asked the kids what message do you want to send? i kept getting, we've got your back. we've got your back. which, you know, was just pretty cool. >> reporter: tammany says the video steamed to calm stu
for what was supposed to be a celebration. 12-year-old aaron hern of martinez was right there, cheering on his mom at the end of her race, when the bomb went off. his mother, cathryn hern, is okay. but aaron took shrapnel in his thigh. >> he's all right. he's doing okay. just please everyone have your prayers opened. >> reporter: aaron is in the hospital, surrounded by parents and friends. >> they were at the finish line to congratulate her, so they were just right there in the center of it. >> reporter: gaye knows the family through a club. >> he has to remain in the hospital for a few more days, but he is going to be okay. >> reporter: she's been getting updates from aaron's mom, including one that says the boy suffered many lacerations. aaron will need yet another surgery on his thigh on wednesday. >> i feel like something's been ripped out of my heart. i wish i was there. i wish i could be there to comfort my family. he's okay. that's all i have to think of. >> a lot of people around here consider them family. but, you know,
: good morning. that's right. aaron hern is still in intensive care at boston children's hospital. but he is going to live. his mother posted an facebook last night saying -- on facebook last night saying the 12-year-old communicated with nods that he is okay and comfortable but frustrated without the ability to communicate. he is due for another surgery today. he went to boston to cheer his mother as she ran the marathon. he now has shrapnel wounds to the legs. one is severe and will require more surgery and possibly even skin grafts. people here in the bay area are rallying around aaron and his family. the restaurant rocks on main in martinez hosted a special dinner also night with all the proceeds going to the hern family and say they will do it every tuesday until the family comes home. >> i'm here to support the family and this wonderful community we live in. we have amazing people here and everybody is rallying together to make sure that the herns are taken care of. >> reporter: organizers asked for $5 a plate last night. but people donated what they wanted and some people gave up t
of mass of boston mass. the entire region. one of the young victims of the terror attack -- aaron hern of martinez -- got a visit from some of his of stories... as you can see by this photo. first baseman brandon moss, left fielder josh reddick and first base coach to aaron at boston children's hospital. the a's are in boston to play a three-game series against the red sox. and all of them say they got more from their visit with young aaron hern than he when moss was asked about his visit with aaron, he said -- quote -- if any kid can be prepared for going forward from this, he is. the 11 year old boy from martinez is recovering from boston marathon bombings. i'm vicki iliviakis, kron 4 news. >> pam: surveillance cameras played a critical role in identifying the suspects in the boston marathon bombing case. now here at home, kron four's terisa estacio reports, how some local officials want to zero and make better use of cameras as crime fighting tools. take a look. here on market street this is just one of many cameras lining this major artery through downtown san francisco. san franci
with the bombings. >>> among the more than 100 people injured is a 12-year-old boy from martinez. aaron hern's family remains hospitalized in intensive care. he was hit in the leg by shrapnel while cheering on his mom who was running in the race. >> he's all right. doing okay. just please everyone have your prayers open, please. he needs all he can get. >> aaron has numerous lacerations. the family says all but one are super official. >>> there is heighted security on the buses and transits, that's despite however there are no report of specific threats. let's go to elissa harrington. she is live at balboa park b.a.r.t. station in san francisco. good morning elle e -- elissa harrington. >> reporter: the biggest thing people will notice is an increased presence of police officers, at sporting events, public transportation and by tourist spots and landmarks like the golden gate bridge. bay area cities are on high alert following the bombings in boston. in oakland the police chief ordered twice as many officers. san francisco called in off duty officers as well immediately following news of the
. who was injured in the boston attacks aaron hern got a surprise visit from the first lady today in his hospital room. hern's family says, he is care unit at children's hospital in boston, as early as tomorrow. aaron was injured on monday while watching his mother happening right now. massive fertilizer plant explosion in west, texas. the town's mayor says, the death toll from last night's blast has risen to 35. kron 4's j-r stone has the latest. >> reporter:continuing our coverage of the explosion in texas, the city of west sits in a very rural area. and the blast shook the entire community. it was just a major major explosion! the bond pit picture up and drop to it exploded all round new! the damage could be done far and wide. houses left in ruins and grooves and ripped apart it was utterly destroyed. and now much of the town is still closed off a search and rescue crews still search for survivors. what would you compare this to? a bomb nothing but a bomb there still in the search and rescue face of the process. pam now bactria kron 4's charles clifford the area. it was on fire it was
hern's face today. ty brandon moss and right fi der reddstopped by to see how he was doing. aaron's classmates wanted to make sure he knows they've got his back. they sent him this get well video on youtube. the teacher took the camera room to room, with kids offering signs of encouragement. >>> it's no secret. san francisco has long struggled with the issue of homelessness. >> now the city is blaming another state for adding to the problem. who is accused of giving poor mentally ill patients a one-way ticket to the bay. >>> and they're high-tech, wealthy and they claim to be eco-friendly. the bay area area cities that are vying for the title of biggest water hogs. >>> this is the genetic twin of the stump that was cut down in 1890. >> how a tree cut down more than a century ago could live on for thousands of years. there is no mass-produced human. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around the only bed with dualair technology that allows you to adjust to the support your bo
the hospital today. aaron hern spent the day touring the bombing site. tonight, kron four's jeff bush spoke with a family friend. about aaron's progress so far. aaron and his family made their way back to the place where it all startedthe finish line where aaron was wounded by one of the twin bombs while he waited for his mom to finish the race. aaron's color was good and he was in good spiritsshowing off a few of his new souvineres. but, as difficult as it was, it was important for aaron and his family to go back to where the bombs went off. it was a very emotional, moving time and for some people it was important for closure. gay gerlack is a long time family friend and the news of aaron's release from the hospital was a relief for her and others close to the family. gay says the 11 year old has been in the thoughts of martinez residents since the word got out about his injuries. i think, right now, one of the biggest issues for aaron is how am i going to get all of these cards and presents that people have sent me back home? aaron even got up to take a few steps. gay says everyone has be
in the hospital. nay met with 11-year-old aaron hern. he's the boy from martinez that suffered a serious leg injury in the bombing. first lady michelle obama also visited aaron at the hospital last week. tonight runners in marin county will do their part to honor the victim's of the boston bombings. they will run in a special 2.5- mile race that begins at 6:45 p.m. at ross common park. runners are encouraged to wear blue and yellow clothing. the bombings in boston have renewed the debate about surveillance camera on public streets. rob ross is in san francisco where the police chief is floating the idea of installing the cameras on a major thorough fair there. >> reporter: good afternoon. police chief greg suhr says he hopes to take early lessons he is learning from the bombing and apply them here on market street. we talked to the chief less than an hour ago. he is floating an idea to install police security camera. [please stand by for captioner change] suhr is proposing having police monitor cameras at large events. >> i think you first have to start off with a plan. we need some sort of
for contra costa county they went to boston as a family to celebrate. >>> 12-year-old aaron hern of martinez was cheering on his mom at the end of her race when the bomb went off his mother, is okay but aaron took shrapnel in his thigh. >> he is okay, please everyone just have your prayers open. >> reporter: family friend said aaron is in the hospital in boston surrounded by parent and friends. >> they were at the finish line, to congratulate katherine, so they were right there in the center of it. >> reporter: he knows the family through the kiwanis club. >> aaron is through his surgery and he is going to be okay. he has to remain in hospital for a few more days but he is going to be okay. >> reporter: she has been getting updates from aaron's mom including one tonight saying he suffered many lacerations many of which were super official except for one. aaron will need yet another surgery on his thigh on wednesday. >> i feel like something has been ripped out of my heart. i can't -- [ sobbing ] >> i wish i was there i wish i could be there to comfort my family and -- he is okay. that is all
the attack site. susan on how aaron hern managed to stay strong. >> one of his first visits, the growing memorial on boylston street. the san francisco 11-year-old was waiting for his mom near the finish line when he was injured from the second blast. the multisport athlete says visits from dignitaries like the first lady, help to keep his spirits up. >> still, it's hard to do the things i used to. >> and his cap signed and a pin from a boston police officer. it's the love and support that have been so overwelming. >> people in boston, boston pd, i cannot say enough. um, how amazing the staff at children's hospital. >> the hern family has long loved boston. the terror of that day, they say, only increased their fondness of the city. >> it was a terrible thing that happened. >> aaron has successful surgery to repair wounds in his legs without skin grafts. it's not clear yet when the family will return to the bay area. >>> meanwhile, the fbi is learning the boston bombers had another target in mind. time square, new york. 19-year-old, dzhokhar tsarnaev, told interrogators he and his
martinez who was injured in the bombings. aaron hern is recovering, and donations are helping his family get back on track financially. abc7 news reporter kira klapper joins us live from martinez. kira, a fun run is going to be happening later this morning? >> that's right, a fun run fundraiseler start about an hour and a half from now at alhambra high school in martinez. a family friend who put together the event said 500 people already rsvps for it. they are hoping more people will come. anyone who comes can run or walk alone or with a team. it's ten dollars a person to enter, five dollars for teens and you get a deal if you bringing a big group. all the money will go to helping the hern family with their unexpected and expensive medical expenses their son was near the finish line waiting for his mom to cross when the second bomb hit and sending shrapnel into his legs. he has taken his first steps. he is undergoing treatment for the severe wounds he had. but that is a testament to their strength as a hole. >> so strong, so driven. katheryn qualified from boston from her first marathon
to aaron hern's recovery fund. he was injured while waiting for his mom at the finish line at the boston marathon. >> the biggest thing is to raise money to help get aaron home as fast possible. ease the strain for the family and just show aaron and his family how much we absolutely love him and can't wait to have him home. >> on thursday aaron got out of the boston hospital for a few hours and he was brave enough to visit the scene of the accident. >> reporter: here in the kpix weather center, good evening, everybody. we had a warmer day today than yesterday. but not quite as it is going to be as warm tomorrow. we will pinpoint the hottest locations as the news continues right here on kpix-5. ,,,,,,,,,, get 3 years interest-free financing on brand name mattress sets. plus, get free delivery and sleep train's 100-day low price guarantee. sleep train's interest-free for 3 event ends sunday! ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ outside for opening day on e bay. and maritime day along san francisco's watert >>> wow, a beautiful day to be outside for opening day on the bay. and ma
a family from martinez. 11-year-old aaron hern is in icu tonight as the doctors are stabilizing him for surgery tomorrow. he was just six feet from one of the blasts. waiting for his mother to cross the finish line. aaron's grandmother he said that things were so chaotic the ambulance took him away before the parents could process what had happened. >> after all that 26 miles, kathryn ran, they had to walk from hospital to hospital to try to find aaron, because they didn't know where he was. >> aaron's classmates and teachers in martinez junior high school started a collection to help the family pay for medical expenses. a neighborhood family is planning a fundraiser for this coming saturday. his father, is the football coach at the local high school. we invite you to stay here for more reports on the rapidly changing story. we will have more on the morning show, beginning at 4:30 a.m. you can visit the website, for updates. >>> $250,000 if you know who is behind the massive cell phone outage. someone cut fiber optic cables, less than a mile away, someone fired a rifle at a p&ge sta
will be donated to help aaron hern's family as he recovers. >> i am thinking we can give 2,000. we haven't done the math yet. we will be adding it up pretty soon. restaurant has been settingf sa. they were surprised how customers have even chipped in extra. >> people are dropping off some money saying can you give this to his family. and we are putting this aside as well. >> for some customers it has been a great way to help. >> it has been fun. i drink a lot of beer, but it was for a good cause. >> word spread fast that aaron hern was one of the 170 people injured in the boston marathon bombing. >> i live in martinez so i found out that it was the football coach's son, so yes. really close to home. >> she is a manager at kinder's meat and barbecue. others are also from martinez so they decided to donate 15% of their sales from now through wednesday. i talked with a hern family friend from boston who tells me aarons rec he is already in physical therapy, but she does not have an estimation when he will be returning home to martinez. abc7 news. >> 3,000 athletes ran through the presidio with inc
of everything sold will be donated to help aaron hern's family as he recovers. >> i am thinking we can give 2,000. we haven't done the math yet. we will be adding it up pretty soon. >> since wednesday this restaurant has been setting aside 30% of their sales. they were surprised how customers have even chipped in extra. >> people are dropping off some money saying can you give this to his family. and we are putting this aside as well. >> for some customers it has been a great way to help. >> it has been fun. i drink a lot of beer, but it was for a good cause. >> word spread fast that aaron hern was one of the 170 people injured in the boston marathon bombing. >> i live in martinez so i found out that it was the football coach's son, so yes. really close to home. >> she is a manager at kinder's meat and barbecue. others are also from martinez so they decided to donate 15% of their sales from now through wednesday. i talked with a hern family friend from boston who tells me aaron is recovering well. he is already in physical therapy, but she does not have an estimation when he will be returning
on the martinez boy who was injured in boston. aaron hern's mother reports on facebook that her 12-year-old son has opened his eyes, a couple of times. she says he has communicated with nods that he is okay, he is comfortable. aaron is due to have surgery sometime today. he is expected to remain in boston for at least another week. >>> some developing news out of washington, d.c. this hour. security is on high alert after the discovery of a suspicious letter addressed to the president. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is live in the newsroom with what authorities have found so far. >> reporter: initial tests on the letters to president obama indicate the presence of the poison ricin. three questionable packages will be sent to senate office buildings in the last 24 hours and numerous reports of suspicious letters one in michigan, one in arizona and two suspicious letter sent the phoenix office of u.s. senator jeff flake. parts of the building were evacuated but the letters are of no threat. this round of scares comes after two others this week. the suspicious letter a dressed to president obama wa
is just beyond that barricade. tonight the family is at the hospital by aaron's side. aaron hern is usually an athletic 11-year-old but tonight, he's sedated and was with his dad, allen and little sister waiting for mom, catherine to cross the finish line when the first and then second blast went off. >> i saw my daughter. i grabbed her and we ran up the street. >> soon realized aaron wasn't with them. >> i found him on the sidewalk with people that were injured. he was conscious. he talked and said my leg really hurts daddy. he was being brave. >> the family heard from doctors. >> doing well considering there is a major wound but going to be all right. and there is no no bones were broken no, arteries cut. >> law enforcement keeps close watch over boston. police, s.w.a.t. and officers everywhere. but throughout the security people still managed to pay respects to those killed and injured by the explosions. aaron drove to add a flower to the memorial. >> it's shocking being from new york. i know how it s i know how people feel. i just wanted to give support, to help out. >> some
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